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Graham Ridgway at home
2004-11-17, 14:20
I am going to be getting my NAIM AV2 in a short while so am planning to try
FLAC and SB digital with it. I currently do MP3 ripping with EAC, Lame and
Qtag. What is an appropriate set of tools for producing and tagging FLACs
(on XP)? Is it essentially the same as MP3's just with a different encoder
and different tagging tool?

Thanks
Graham

And yes I will be reporting back on how it sounds with the NAIM AV2, a NAIM
250 (plus power supply) and B&W speakers versus same with a Linn CD12.

Steve Baumgarten
2004-11-17, 14:57
> I am going to be getting my NAIM AV2 in a short while so am planning to try
> FLAC and SB digital with it. I currently do MP3 ripping with EAC, Lame and
> Qtag. What is an appropriate set of tools for producing and tagging FLACs
> (on XP)? Is it essentially the same as MP3's just with a different encoder
> and different tagging tool?

Yes. You can still use EAC to rip the CD's and you can have it run FLAC
conversions for you (rather than MP3 conversions).

First thing to do is install FLAC and FLAC Front End:

http://flac.sourceforge.net/download.html

Now you need to tell EAC how to run FLAC on the WAV files it rips from
your CD. This will ensure you get proper tagging as well.

Set up a new external compressor in EAC for FLAC:

1. Set file extension to .flac
2. Locate 'flac.exe' (version 1.0.4 or later needed)
3. Use command line -T "artist=%a" -T "title=%t" -T "album=%g" -T
"date=%y" -T "tracknumber=%n" -T "genre=%m" %s

It's a shame EAC doesn't know about FLAC out of the box, but this is a
one-time set and forget operation. Once this is done it will happily
kick off a conversion in the background as it rips a track. (I set queue
size to 1 on my PC -- the FLAC conversion finishes long before the next
track is ripped, but setting up an EAC queue means the conversions
happen in the background and essentially take no extra time. Of course
depending on the horsepower of your PC, your results may vary.)

> And yes I will be reporting back on how it sounds with the NAIM AV2, a NAIM
> 250 (plus power supply) and B&W speakers versus same with a Linn CD12.

Sounds like a great system...

SBB



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